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Newly Remodeled Sears Hometown Store Opens In Helena »

April 18, 2014 at 9:30AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Refreshed Look Allows Local Retailer to Expand Product and Service Offerings to Better Suit the Community's Needs
HELENA, Mont. - April 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) is pleased to announce that the Sears Hometown Store located at 3120 Dredge Drive in Helena, Mont. has recently undergone a remodel to better serve its customers.
Locally owned and operated by Sharon Kangas, the store now has a fresh look, coupled with the continued high-level service and products customers expect at the Helena Sears Hometown Store.
"The Helena community has been so great to us for the past 20 years, so we wanted to reinvest in our business to make it even better for local residents," said Kangas, whose store is known in the community for its pink tractor raffle in support of the St...

New Menchie's Store In Altoona Crossing Celebrates Grand Opening With Week Of Fun Festivities  »

April 18, 2014 at 9:18AM PDT | Source: Menchie's

April 18, 2014 // // ALTOONA, IA – Menchie's, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, has opened its newest store in Altoona Crossing located at 3418 8th Street SW,Suite 1, Altoona, IA 50009. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie's is sure to become an Altoona favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie's will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, April 26 to Friday, May 2, packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie's merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt.
"I was immediately blown away by the Menchie's concept when I was first introduced to the brand," said franchisee Greg Johansen...

Golden Krust - Taking Over Florida! »

April 18, 2014 at 9:09AM PDT | Source: Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill

April 2. 2014 - Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill (GK), the nations largest Caribbean franchise chain, this past weekend opened its twenty-second (22nd) restaurant location in the state of Florida at 318 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando. President and CEO of Golden Krust, Lowell Hawthorne and Former Chief of Police for Orange County, current Orange County Mayoral Candidate - Val Demings, officially declared the restaurant open for business at the ribbon-cutting ceremony which took place on Saturday March 29th, 2014.
Central Florida residents from far and wide came out in numbers to celebrate with Golden Krust. Although the weather wasn't in their favor and the torrential rain fell, the grand opening was still a huge success. Loyal customers, friends and family endured the wind and rain and created an awesome atmosphere of celebration...

Big Rapids Sears Appliance & Hardware Receives Best Small Business Award »

April 18, 2014 at 8:35AM PDT | Source: Sears Appliance & Hardware Stores

Retailer Recognized by the Michigan Small Business Development Center for Outstanding Performance and Job Creation
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - April 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - While some retailers are depleting their staffs and struggling to make profits, a Sears Appliance & Hardware Store in Michigan has done the opposite and is being honored by a local organization for its outstanding growth. The Michigan Small Business Development Center is honoring the Big Rapids store, located at 14305 Northland Drive, with its 2013 Best Small Business Award for successfully creating jobs, increasing sales and improving business strategy.
The retailer was one of a dozen stores chosen from more than 5,500 small businesses throughout the state that the Michigan Small Business Development Center provided confidential counseling and training to in 2013...

Pro Fleet Care Announces Second Dealer In Wisconsin »

April 18, 2014 at 8:03AM PDT | Source: Pro Fleet Care Franchising

April 18, 2014 // // PLAINFIELD, Wisconsin – Pro Fleet Care, a leader in the mobile fleet rust control industry, is pleased to announce its second dealer in Wisconsin. Mike Caves joins the Pro Fleet Care family as its newest dealer in the Central Sands area of Wisconsin.
Mike Caves is well suited to be a dealer for Pro Fleet Care. His experience includes agriculture equipment mechanic, machine operator and irrigation technician. Mike brings a mechanically inclined background. Having worked with trucks and equipment for many years, he has seen first-hand the physical and financial impacts of rust.
"Having worked with rusted trucks and equipment most of my life, fighting rust can be a real battle," explains Mike...

British Swim School Founder Awarded 2014 "Women's Success She-Rocks" Award »

April 18, 2014 at 7:35AM PDT | Source: British Swim School

Women's Prosperity Network Recognizes Top Women in Business
April 18, 2014 // // FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – Recently, the Women's Prosperity Network awarded British Swim School Founder, Rita Goldberg, a 2014 "Women's Success She-Rocks Award," which honors women who exemplify a strong combination of resilience and heart and who have demonstrated these qualities in their professional lives as well as through their community involvement. British Swim School is a full service, year-round and indoor swim school franchise offering water safety survival and swimming lessons for babies from three months through adult.
British Swim School was founded in 1981, headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale and is still run by Founder Rita Goldberg, a former national swimmer in Britain...

Heartland Pro Bono Council Honors Brent Taylor For Service To Homeless Residents »

April 18, 2014 at 7:18AM PDT | Source: Faegre Baker & Daniels

April 18, 2014 // // Indianapolis - Brent Taylor of Faegre Baker Daniels was honored with the 2014 Heartland Pro Bono Award in recognition of his many years of service with the Indianapolis Bar Association's Homeless Project.
Taylor has donated his time and legal expertise to the Homeless Project since its inception more than 20 years ago. The project facilitates visits by attorney volunteers to five local homeless shelters each month to offer pro bono legal advice and, at times, limited representation.
Through his work with the Homeless Project, Taylor has provided pro bono legal assistance to nearly 200 homeless shelter residents who could not otherwise afford counsel. His service has included representing residents at court hearings and drafting small claims petitions...

Visiting Angels Endorses IPCed's Dementia Care Training »

April 18, 2014 at 7:14AM PDT | Source: Visiting Angels

Portland, OR (PRWEB) April 18, 2014 - Living Assistance Services, Inc. (Visiting Angels), a national private duty network of home care agencies, has selected the Institute for Professional Care Education (IPCed) as a preferred vendor to host and deliver Visiting Angels Dementia Care certification training using its proprietary learning management system. In addition to the specialty certification program, the preferred vendor relationship with IPCed will enable Visiting Angels to make cost-effective state compliance training opportunities available to franchise owners who choose to purchase IPCed’s training programs.
Visiting Angels and IPCed share the philosophy that caregiver training is vital to providing quality care and excellent in-home care services...

Dickey's Barbecue Now Smoking Low And Slow In Clarksburg »

April 18, 2014 at 7:11AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Newest West Virginia Location Gives Away a $500 Gift Card at Opening Party
CLARKSBURG, W. Va. - April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Once Randy Miller tasted Dickey's Barbecue and toured a few stores, he was hooked on the concept. On Thursday, April 24 at 11:00 a.m., Miller will open the newest Dickey's Barbecue Pit in West Virginia in the Clarksburg community. The first 50 customers will receive a gift card for up to $50.
Friday, radio station 97.9 WKKW will be onsite from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and this location will be serving $2 pulled pork barbecue sandwiches. One lucky winner will win a $500 gift card. Saturday, the party continues with Dickey's Barbecue Pit merchandise giveaways.
"We felt the area was in need of a good BBQ restaurant," said Miller...

Snap-on Announces First Quarter 2014 Results »

April 18, 2014 at 6:10AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

Diluted EPS of $1.62 increases 15.7%;Operating earnings before financial services of 15.5% of sales improves 100 basis points;First quarter sales up 6.2%
KENOSHA, Wis. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - April 17, 2014 - Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA), a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks, today announced operating results for the first quarter of 2014.

Sales of $787.5 million increased $45.8 million, or 6.2%, from 2013 levels; excluding $15.2 million of acquisition-related sales and $5.9 million of unfavorable foreign currency translation, organic sales increased 5...

Winmark Corporation Announces First Quarter Results »

April 18, 2014 at 6:02AM PDT | Source: Winmark Corporation

MINNEAPOLIS - April 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Winmark Corporation (Nasdaq: WINA) announced today net income for the quarter ended March 29, 2014 of $4,551,900 (or $.86 per share diluted) compared to net income of $4,057,500 (or $.78 per share diluted) in the first quarter of 2013.
Earnings growth during the first quarter was driven by an increase in customer activity within the Company’s lease portfolio as well as increased royalties in the franchising business. John Morgan, Chairman and CEO, commented, "We experienced solid growth in our lease portfolio during the quarter, and when coupled with the continued growth in new signed franchise agreements positions us well for long-term success."
Winmark Corporation creates, supports and finances business...

Chem-Dry Signs Master Franchise Deal In India »

April 18, 2014 at 5:56AM PDT | Source: Chem-Dry Carpet Drapery & Upholstery Cleaning

World's #1 Carpet & Rug Cleaning Franchise Continues Rapid Global Expansion
NASHVILLE, TN - (Marketwired - Apr 17, 2014) - Chem-Dry, the world's largest carpet and rug cleaning franchise, has signed an agreement to expand into India. Chem-Dry is in the midst of its fastest global expansion in more than a decade and is partnering with Regional Master Franchises to expand the brand across India.Chem-Dry's newest master franchisee is Hemendra Shah, based in Chennai in the Tamil Nadu region. "We believe the value for this franchise system in this market place cannot be compared with the value of any other franchise system operating here, whether in this field or any other home services sector," said Shah. "We are excited to be a part of the Chem-Dry family and to bring its superior, healthier cleaning system to people in this region...

European Wax Center Paramus Gives Away Waxing To All Students »

April 18, 2014 at 5:37AM PDT | Source: European Wax Center

Paramus, NJ (PRWEB) April 18, 2014 - For students, going into the city for professional hair removal is a luxury that’s no longer necessary thanks to European Wax Center. Now, thanks to European Wax Center, every student can receive professional body waxing in Paramus, NJ without having to leave town.
The Student Wax Pass is free for every student with valid student ID, and rewards students with a completely free waxing service once they have bought three full-priced services for body hair removal in Paramus, New Jersey. With such a wide range of affordable waxing services for all, European Wax Center Paramus is proud to be able to help out students of all ages with waxing discounts.
Not content with rewarding students by giving them totally free waxing services, European Wax Center Paramus also helps students out with a range of affordable products that work to save guests money...

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza Adds Boston, Dallas & Phoenix To Expansion Plans »

April 18, 2014 at 5:04AM PDT | Source: Blaze Pizza

Build-Your-Own Artisanal Pizza Franchisor Grows Pipeline to Over 250 Units in 24 States & Wash. DC
LOS ANGELES, CA - (Marketwired - Apr 17, 2014) - Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza, the leader of the rapidly expanding build-your-own pizza category, today announced that it has signed three new area development agreements to open Blaze Pizza franchise restaurants in Boston, Dallas and Phoenix. The fast-casual pizza chain, known for its chef-driven recipes and casually hip restaurants, now has commitments to build 252 franchise units in 24 states and Washington DC.
Built around the novel idea of making artisanal pizzas both fast and affordable, Blaze Pizza is quickly running out of areas available for franchise development. "Our long-term goal is to build a strong, enduring national brand," said Jim Mizes, president & COO of Blaze Pizza...

Home Care Assistance Opens New Boca Raton, Florida Office »

April 18, 2014 at 4:58AM PDT | Source: Home Care Assistance

Boca Raton, FL (PRWEB) April 17, 2014 - Home Care Assistance of Boca Raton, a leading provider of non-medical, in-home senior care, recently opened doors to serve the greater Boca Raton and Delray Beach communities with its newest office. Located in the Polo Club Shoppes at 5030 Champion Boulevard, Suite G-4, the location is the 90th Home Care Assistance office in North America.
"I am excited to further our mission of changing the way the world ages in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and the surrounding areas," said Meredith LaPira, President of Home Care Assistance of Boca Raton. "We are passionate about living well at home and look forward to improving the quality of life of seniors in our community through the Balanced Care Method, our holistic approach to care that promotes healthy mind, body, and spirit, and the Cognitive Therapeutics Method, an activities-based program designed to delay the onset of cognitive decline...

Small Cookies, Big News: Mrs. Fields Nibblers® Cookies Make Grocery Store Debut »

April 18, 2014 at 4:53AM PDT | Source: Mrs. Fields Cookies

Interbake to Distribute Mini Cookies in National Grocery Stores This Spring
RICHMOND, Va. - April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Mrs. Fields Famous Brands ("Mrs. Fields") and Interbake Foods LLC ("Interbake Foods") today announced the arrival of Nibblers® miniature cookies in grocery stores this spring.
Soft-baked and snack size, Nibblers® Cookies have been a favorite since their debut in the 1980s, but until now have been available for purchase only through catalogs, online, and at Mrs. Fields kiosks. Their size makes them perfect for shareable moments like sleepovers, school groups, and book clubs, or if you crave just a taste and not a full-size cookie (though it's pretty hard to eat just one).
Available at national grocery stores including Kroger this spring, Nibblers® Cookies come in Milk Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, and Double Chocolate Fudge flavors, all fudge-dipped for an irresistible new twist...

Brassard/Hall Family Launches Caring Transitions Of Metro Jackson »

April 18, 2014 at 4:48AM PDT | Source: Caring Transitions

Jackson, MS (PRWEB) April 17, 2014 = Dan and Hazel Hall knew they wanted to open their own business and, when Dan's parents began to need help with downsizing and relocating, the family saw an opportunity to bring a professional company that could help with senior relocation, downsizing and estate liquidation to the Metro Jackson area.
The Halls, along with their daughter Elizabeth Brassard, just launched Caring Transitions of Metro Jackson, which specializes in organizing and managing senior relocations, downsizing, liquidation of belongings and estate sales for seniors who are moving to a smaller home, back in with their children, or into assisted living facilities as well as others facing life transitions. The Hall/Brassard familycan help withfull and partial liquidations, staging home for sale, interviewing potential realtors, and setting up belonging in a new home...

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2014 Results »

April 18, 2014 at 4:24AM PDT | Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill

DENVER - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Apr. 17, 2014 - Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) today reported financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2014.
Highlights for the first quarter of 2014 as compared to the first quarter of 2013 include:

Revenue increased 24.4% to $904.2 million
Comparable restaurant sales increased 13.4%
Restaurant level operating margin was 25.9%, a decrease of 40 basis points
Net income was $83.1 million, an increase of 8.5%
Diluted earnings per share was $2.64, an increase of 7.8%
Opened 44 new restaurants

"We are delighted that more and more people are choosing to visit our restaurants every day allowing us to deliver double digit comps during the quarter...

FASTSIGNS® Receives High Honors For Franchisee Satisfaction In Canada »

April 18, 2014 at 4:14AM PDT | Source: FASTSIGNS
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Canadian Franchise Association Recognizes the Signage & Visual Graphics Franchise for Its Dedication to Superior Franchisee Relations, Team Work and Communication
April 18, 2014 // // CARROLLTON, Texas - Constantly receiving top ratings by U.S. organizations for its high levels of franchisee satisfaction, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. - the worldwide franchisor for the more than 545 FASTSIGNS® sign, graphic and visual communications centers - has been recognized by an industry organization for reflecting that same commitment to its Canadian franchise partners.
The franchisor was a Silver finalist in the "Traditional - Mature Franchises" category of the 2014 Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) Award of Excellence in Franchising, and was also named a Franchisee Choice designee for the third consecutive year...

CruiseOne® Certified As A World-Class Franchise By The Franchise Research Institute »

April 17, 2014 at 1:46PM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

April 17, 2014 // // LINCOLN, NE – CruiseOne® has received World-Class Franchise® certification from the Franchise Research Institute®.
The recognition comes after an independent survey conducted by the Franchise Research Institute, in which 70.6 percent of a research control group of 300 CruiseOne franchisees participated.
"One of the most important means of creating and maintaining a truly successful franchise system is to meet or exceed the expectations of its franchisees," says Jeff Johnson, founder and CEO of the Franchise Research Institute. "A key step in this process is to obtain open, honest feedback from franchisees through confidential, third-party research. CruiseOne was not afraid to ask their franchise owners tough questions, and their high marks provide scientific proof that they are consistently meeting franchisees' needs...

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